Last Sunday Hi-Fi Bourbon and I made the trip to Barlow, KY to the residence of MRHP
in order to retrieve a 2018 Carverfest amp kit (so graciously brought back by MRHP)
and to visit/audition his audio system. One word describes the experience..."AWESOME".
MRHP was very welcoming and his laid back demeanor made us feel as if we were visiting
and old friend. A taste of Carverfest without the Bob C. factor. After an inventory of the amp
kit parts we soon began playing with the toys. And what toys! We started listing to a system
consisting of the following components:
Sunfire tube preamplifier (not sure of model #), Carver Baby black tube amps (monoblocked),
Dahlquist DQ-20 speakers, dual DIY subwoofers powered by Sunfire Architect's Choice Series II
(625 x 2) amp and an Oppo BDP-103. The sound was very detailed and crystal clear and the
subs kicked me right in the ass! I remember thinking "this is very close to the sound of a live
concert". Excellent system synergy. We then swapped the Baby Blacks for Carver 180 tube
amps (monoblocked) w/KT-120 tubes. The additional power produced a whole new level of
dynamics and realism.
We continued the audition with some tube rolling on the amps and preamp. Amazes me how
tubes can change the sonic signature of a system. MRHP has a wonderful collection of rare
Some of the equipment we did not have time to listen to (as we didn't want to wearout our welcome)
was a Lightstar amplifier and a TFM-75 amplifier. Another, of note, aspect of MRHP's components is
his collection of early production pieces: TFM-75 (serial #1), Baby Black amps (serial #1 & #2), and
180 amps (pre-production prototypes' pre-serial #d). Quite the collection!
Hi-Fi Bourbon took a few pics on his iPhone and I am hoping (With MRHP's permission) he will post
them on this tread. Everyone loves the eye candy...🍬
Also, if I have made any misstatements about the components, maybe we can get MRHP (who
recently joined our site, but is a long time member of our sister site) to chime in, elaborate or
maybe even post additional pics. I think there are pics of some of his equip. on the "Carverfest
2018 Open Discussion and Pics" thread: page 3.
Bottom Line is I was very impressed and came away with one prevailing thought...I need to
rethink the need for adding the extra realism of a good subwoofer(s) to my system.
Special thanks to MRHP for the most enjoyable visit...
AS a side note we were unable to listen to his 2018 Carverfest 275 amps
because they are still under construction.
Hi-Fi Bourbon will be assembling my 275 amp kit, so I ask that if he has
questions members here respond if you have the answers. Thanks in advance...
Bob Carver equipment rocks!!!